2006 Hyundai Elantra

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Easy to drive
  • Performance with manual shift
  • Maneuverability
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Instrument readability in GT
  • Difficulty getting manual gearbox into Reverse

Notable Features of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sport-tuned suspension on GT models
  • New Limited trim level for 2006

2006 Hyundai Elantra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai's most popular model slots between the subcompact Accent and the midsize Sonata in both size and price. Revisions to the sheet metal and interior marked the 2004 models. A new instrument cluster was installed, and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gained continuously variable valve timing.

Four-door sedans are available in GLS and Limited trim levels, while the hatchback comes in GLS and GT versions. New for 2006, the Limited sedan includes beige leather seating surfaces and woodgrain interior decoration. An automatic transmission is standard on the Limited, which also includes fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome-insert bodyside moldings. A new Premium Package that's available for all models includes a power moonroof, antilock brakes and traction control.


Exterior
Strong character lines highlight the Elantra, which features styling that's more chiseled and European than earlier models. The Elantra rides a 102.7-inch wheelbase, measures 178 inches long overall, stands 56.1 inches tall and stretches nearly 68 inches wide. GT models have a body-colored rear lip spoiler. A moonroof is optional. The Limited features a chrome vertical-bar grille.

Elantra GT models have a tauter suspension with higher-rate springs, gas-filled shock absorbers and larger-diameter stabilizer bars. All-disc brakes, fog lamps and 15-inch alloy wheels are installed.


Interior
Each Elantra seats up to five people. A three-place 60/40-split, folding rear seat aug...
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai's most popular model slots between the subcompact Accent and the midsize Sonata in both size and price. Revisions to the sheet metal and interior marked the 2004 models. A new instrument cluster was installed, and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gained continuously variable valve timing.

Four-door sedans are available in GLS and Limited trim levels, while the hatchback comes in GLS and GT versions. New for 2006, the Limited sedan includes beige leather seating surfaces and woodgrain interior decoration. An automatic transmission is standard on the Limited, which also includes fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome-insert bodyside moldings. A new Premium Package that's available for all models includes a power moonroof, antilock brakes and traction control.


Exterior
Strong character lines highlight the Elantra, which features styling that's more chiseled and European than earlier models. The Elantra rides a 102.7-inch wheelbase, measures 178 inches long overall, stands 56.1 inches tall and stretches nearly 68 inches wide. GT models have a body-colored rear lip spoiler. A moonroof is optional. The Limited features a chrome vertical-bar grille.

Elantra GT models have a tauter suspension with higher-rate springs, gas-filled shock absorbers and larger-diameter stabilizer bars. All-disc brakes, fog lamps and 15-inch alloy wheels are installed.


Interior
Each Elantra seats up to five people. A three-place 60/40-split, folding rear seat augments the sedan's trunk space, which totals 12.9 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a CD player, cruise control, a tilt steering column, a rear defogger, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Remote keyless entry includes an alarm.

A unique instrument panel in GT models holds purple-lit VDO gauges. The GT features gray leather seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers each Elantra. In states with Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle requirements, the engine develops an estimated 132 horsepower, but it's rated at 138 hp in other areas. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a four-speed-automatic transmission is optional.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard, and antilock brakes are available.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Elantra isn't overly enticing initially, it tends to grow on an open-minded driver and turns into an appealing little automobile. Performance with the manual transmission is surprisingly frisky, and the Elantra accelerates with spirit. Well matched to the engine, the gearbox and clutch permit gentle engagement for easy takeoffs. But putting it into Reverse can be a chore at times.

Except for a slight growl during acceleration, the Elantra is quiet on the road. It whips through corners with ease; some body lean is evident, but not enough to be troubling. Its suspension copes adeptly with rough spots, so the Elantra's ride is pleasantly smooth for a small car.

Attractive seats are firmly cushioned and offer very good back support. Backseat legroom is amazing, and even the center rear position isn't too bad.

Handling is a bit tauter on the fun-to-drive GT, and ride comfort suffers only modestly. The GT's gauges are large, but their distinctive purple hue isn't the easiest to read at night.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Totaled it twice. Fixed for less than 500

by Rayne from Jupiter fl on August 26, 2018

I love this car. I?ve driven it to hell and back and it?s held up. Great gas Milage. I?m so greatful for this car. I love Hyundai. Read full review

(4.0)

Sam Lehman was good to help me with any questions.

by Melinda from Durham mo on June 17, 2018

This car is reliable and I am glad to have seen it on line . It is exactly what I needed. The price range was great. I needed cruise control and a car with low mileage for transporting back to work. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Hyundai Elantra currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Head Restraint
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
acceptable
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Elantra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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